Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Houston is trading PJ Tucker, Rodions Kurucs and Bucks’ 2022 first-round pick back to Milwaukee for DJ Augustin, DJ Wilson and 2023 unprotected first-round pick. Houston also gets right to swap its 2021 second-round pick for Milwaukee’s FRP pick unless it falls 1-9.
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Bobby Marks: Milwaukee goes from $441,539 below the hard cap to $3.5M by shedding the DJ Wilson ($4.5M), DJ Augustin ($6.7M) and Torrey Craig ($1.6M) contract. They now have 2 open roster spots. PJ Tucker is extension eligible for 2 years-$17M with Milwaukee.
The Lakers have inquired about a number of potential veteran backup point guards and one potential target could come onto the trade market in the coming weeks: Orlando guard D.J. Augustin. The Lakers can’t trade a second-round pick until 2023, but the team does have rookie Talen Horton-Tucker, originally drafted by Orlando before he was traded to the Lakers, on hand.
The Detroit Pistons have discussed a trade with the Orlando Magic that would send point guard Reggie Jackson to the Magic in exchange for a package headlined by D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, according to league sources. While it’s not yet clear if these talks will progress past the discussion phase, sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons have continued to gauge the market for Jackson in advance of the Feb. 23 trade deadline.
If the talks with Orlando progressed to a serious stage, Detroit would have to include at least one more player to make the salary-cap math work.
Marc Stein: The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Reggie Jackson to Orlando for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, league sources say.
Marc Stein: Not yet clear if talks go past the “discussion” phase but Detroit, as @Zach Lowe noted this week, has been exploring its Reggie options.
Hey, Joe: Given the fact the Cavs need a backup PG, is Norris Cole still on their radar, even though for now he’s playing in China? Does he have an “NBA escape clause”? — John, Euclid Hey, John: Though it was reported that Cole has an NBA opt-out clause, the Cavs believe Cole is not available until February, after the Chinese season — and could be locked up even longer if his team makes the playoffs. At any rate, it would not appear he is on their radar any longer. All indications are (for now) that they will try and go the trade route to get a backup to Kyrie Irving. Could be around Dec. 15, when free agents signed over the summer can be traded. I’m just throwing a name out there — Dallas’ Deron Williams is on that list. So is Orlando’s D.J. Augustin.
With Augustin and Novak’s combined salary of $6.7 million leaving and only $3.1 million in return, the Thunder will save $9.8 million total between reduced luxury tax penalties and salary. According to sources, this wasn’t the motivation of making the trade as the Thunder are doing quite well financially, having prudently saved and planned to be a taxpaying team, but it’s obviously an added plus.
The Thunder created a $3.8 million trade exception, which expires in a year. The Thunder have a talent at acquiring trade exceptions and rarely end up using them, but they come in handy when you need it. Like last season when it enabled them to trade for Dion Waiters.
With two players going out and one coming back, the Thunder now have 14 players under contract, clearing an available roster spot for any potential buyouts. The Thunder have pounced on the buyout market in the past, scooping up Derek Fisher and Caron Butler. And with the money saved, they can use their mini-mid-level exception on say, Joe Johnson (if he were to become available), giving them a possible advantage to outbid other teams
Tim Bontemps: Thunder saved a few million in taxes in that Denver trade and, I believe, create a trade exception for the value of Novak’s contract, too.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Thunder will send DJ Augustin to Denver as part of the deal for Randy Foye, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Ken Berger: The Thunder send D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak and two second-round picks to Denver for Randy Foye, league source says.
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September 16, 2021 | 8:36 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: The Shanghai Sharks have signed former NBAers Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh. This will be Fredette’s 5th season with Shanghai. He last played in the NBA in 2019 with the Phoenix Suns. Vonleh was briefly with the Brooklyn Nets last season. This is his first season with Shanghai.
NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was in Greece for a meeting with the country’s prime minister Thursday and a special ceremony to bestow Greek citizenship on his mother Veronica and younger brother Alex. Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship in July, attended the ceremony at the official residence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was granted Greek citizenship in 2013, allowing him to travel to the United States and join the Bucks later that year.
“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo told reporters after the ceremony. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” Antetokounmpo also traveled to Greece in August with his brother Thanassis, carrying the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy. He took the trophy to the ancient Acropolis in Athens to celebrate with members of his family.
September 16, 2021 | 8:07 pm EDT Update
Keith Smith: Cleaning up some loose ends on TPEs for the Boston Celtics… The Celtics used the Daniel Theis $5M TPE to acquire Kris Dunn in the three-team deal with the Hawks and Kings. That leaves Boston with five current TPEs. Those TPEs and expiration dates are in the next tweet. 1/2